Linked by Julian Djamil Fagir on Thu 14th Feb 2013 22:23 UTC
BSD and Darwin derivatives BSD (Berkely System Distribution) was a research operating system based on the original AT&T Unix, developed by the University of Berkeley, California. It has been Open Source right from the beginning, and after the university lost interest in developing it further, several community projects started up (the very first ones were NetBSD and FreeBSD in the early nineties) to continue developing BSD. Anyway, Linux was born roughly at the same time, but a pending lawsuit about copyright infringements prevented the BSD projects to become as successful as Linux (though you could argue about the exact reasons).
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RE[2]: BSD
by Laurence on Fri 15th Feb 2013 14:42 UTC in reply to "RE: BSD"
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They created some forks when could be avoided:

While I agree with you point in theory, your examples are pretty terrible:

- Matt creater DragonFly because he was tired of people putting "band-aids" on FreeBSD, that should fix at one side and break other. This and the desire of have a better "cluster native OS" created this wonderfull piece of software.

Dragonfly is one of the more distinctive variants of BSD. It has a whole boat load of features not seen in FreeBSD.

- PC-BSD = Lack of a stronger desktop initiative by the FreeBSD guys. You know, if they have a installer for "desktop fluffy things" this could be avoided.

Unless things have changed significantly recently, PC-BSD isn't really a fork of FreeBSD, it's more a "distribution". It's point was to give users a no-fuss desktop ready version of FreeBSD. And as PC-BSD is 100% FreeBSD compatible (after all, it /IS/ FreeBSD), I think it deserves it's place as it takes any pressure off the FreeBSD devs from having to cater their limited resources to a multitude of different users expectations (or in layman's terms, FreeBSD can focus on building a solid base and PC-BSD and focus on shipping FreeBSD with the desktop preinstalled and configured to run perfected out-of-the-box).

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